These Homemade Salted Peanut Butter Cups are made with just 4 simple Ingredients and will easily become your favorite freezer dessert! This recipe is sweetened with maple syrup and deliciously creamy thanks to the peanut butter component. Load up on these heavenly peanut butter chocolate cups so you are ready for this week’s snack attacks! 

Recently I have been obsessed with anything with peanut butter and chocolate. I know, shocker.

But how do we take this classic peanut butter cup treat up a notch?

Using less ingredients for a hassle free dessert you can make at home with little to effort. Oh, and the cherry on top, SEA SALT. Yes, salty and sweet just work together, don’t even try to debate me. 

eight homemade peanut butter cups covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt

The other day one of my SKS followers messaged me on Instagram and asked me if I had a peanut butter cup recipe because the store-bought ones with less ingredients are not exactly budget-friendly. 

What? How did I not have a peanut butter cup recipe? It’s like one of my favorite dessert/snacks. Peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, please.

Not only are peanut butter and chocolate the best duo, but they are actually very easy to make and sweetened with maple syrup and you will still get your sweet tooth satisfied.

healthy dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups

So, here we are! I am going to get you hooked with this homemade simple peanut butter cup recipe.

By the way, I was SO excited to get a recipe request. Love you guys! Keep ’em coming! 

What Makes this Peanut Butter Cup Recipe So Simple?

First of all, this recipe only requires a few ingredients, 4 ingredients to be exact!

One of the ingredients for this recipe is cacao powder. This ingredient is the key for a beautiful chocolatey dessert. 

You are welcome. Just one more reason to eat chocolate, the dark kind.

A muffin tin lined with muffin cups that are half way filled with dark chocolate and natural peanut butter

Secondly, peanut butter is a household staple almost everyone will have in their pantry and it lends the most perfect creamy element to these Salted Peanut Butter Cups.

Thirdly, this treat is so easy to make at home which means if you have little ones who love helping in the kitchen, they will love to help you with this simple step by step process. 

Easy Homemade Salted Peanut Butter Cups

four snack bite sized peanut butter cups stacked on each other. They are sprinkled with sea salt

This peanut butter cup is so easy to make and it tastes so much better than Reese’s Peanut butter Cups. 

You only need 4 simple ingredients:

  • Cacao Powder
  • Coconut Oil
  • Maple Syrup
  • Peanut Butter

And to elevate the taste a sprinkle of

  • Sea Salt (Optional)

Watch How to Make These Easy Peanut Butter Cups

Also! You guys! I made my VERY FIRST VIDEO. I know, I know, it’s not very professional yet. I am still learning. But I still hope you love it!



Variations to Peanut butter Cups

Almond Butter Cups

This is another healthy twist of this peanut butter cup recipe.

Swap the peanut butter for some almond butter, or cashew butter, or any of your favorite nut butter.

Muffin tin filled with homemade healthy almond butter cups

Simply Sweetened Peanut Butter Cups

One of my favorite dessert snacks in the afternoon is 100% dark chocolate dipped in peanut butter.

It kicks my sweet tooth just like that.

Mind Blown.

Even better? Make it into DARK chocolate peanut butter cups.

Storing Your Homemade Salted Peanut Butter Cups

A hand is reaching down to grab a piece of vegan chocolate covered peanut butter cup

These homemade peanut butter cups are best stored in the freezer or fridge. Since there is no cocoa butter or any other filler ingredients, they melt fairly easily.

Side story: one of the peanut butter cups melted on my thumb when I was holding it for photos. Licked it clean. Move on. So, yes they can get melty in a slightly warm room (hand) temperature.

Last but not least, scroll down to check out the full recipe and direction of this super easy homemade peanut butter cup recipe. They are creamy, sweet, salty, and just irresistible. It will definitely become your favorite snack recipe.


Pinterest Picture for a vegan snack

4 peanut butter cup stack on top of each other. There are peanut butter coming out of hte chocolate shell.

Get the recipe:Peanut Butter Cups {4 Ingredients}

These Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are everything you need! They are creamy, sweet, and salty, so easy to make.
4.25 stars (12 reviews)


  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together coconut oil, cacao powder, and maple syrup.
  • Line a muffin pan with non-sticking paper cups. Pour a small amount (I used 1 scoop of a 1.6-inch cookie dough scooper) into the paper cups. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Then add a small scoop (about 1/2 tbsp) peanut butter on top of the chocolate layer. Then spread the rest of the chocolate mixture on top of the peanut butter to submerge the peanut butter layer.
  • Sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Freeze an hour or until solid.
  • ENJOY!


  1. In terms of the amount of peanut butter, use more or less depending on your preference. I used roughly 1 cup but just scooped it straight out of the jar. Oops.
  2. It’s okay if the peanut butter sinks into the chocolate mixture.
  3. These homemade peanut butter cups melt fairly easily. Store in the freezer or fridge for best results.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 328mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.